Peerless saxophonist Harry Allen's 'Rhythm on the River' sees him navigate a course through thirteen charming songs, all which have "river" as their title. Joining his quartet on four tracks is cornettist, and fellow mainstreamer, Warren Vaché.
This eagerly awaited follow-up to Harry's second Challenge album 'New York State of Mind' proves to have been well worth waiting for. Using the same rhythm section, including the fine pianist Rossano Spotiello, its one more excellent example of just why the saxophonist is heir to the legacy of Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn.
Personnel: Harry Allen (tenor saxophone), Warren Vaché (cornet), Rossano Sportiello (piano), Joel Forbes (bass), Chuck Riggs (drums)
One of the finest swing tenor saxophonists alive playing material that is fresh to both him and us. -- The Observer, (Dave Gelly), September 25, 2011